I am a project leader, researcher and writer primarily interested in energy and climate change, and particularly the idea of regional climate resilience planning. I have worked with several national and Dallas-area nonprofits.
The Dallas Morning News said my op-ed on infrastructure vulnerability to weather extremes wasn’t a “good fit”. It’s about a study of the vulnerability of North Texas infrastructure to heat and flooding, headed up by a team of researchers at UTA, funded by the federal government as part of a national pilot study. I wrote the op-ed along with Dr. Yekang Ko of UTA, one of the team members, because I think the study is worth some attention. Here’s the piece: Infrastructure Vulnerability to Weather Extremes
The Dallas Morning News published my op-ed about climate resilience planning on 3/2/15. Here’s the version with hyperlinks to sources: Cities Can Manage Climate Risks with Resilience 2015.02.11 links
I have updated my research on climate resilience planning in preparation to speak to local urban planners. Here’s the short version that I’m passing out to the APA on Feb. 6: Climate Resilience Planning Research 2015.02.03 short for APA. Here’s the long version: Climate Resilience Planning Research 2015.01.22.
The City of Dallas provided me with its application to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities competition. Here it is: 100 Resilient Cities – Final Submitted Application.
The Texas Trees Foundation hosted a half day conference about the Urban Heat Island Effect featuring a keynote by Dr. Brian Stone, author of The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places we Live (for a short review of that book see earlier post, How I Got Religion on Trees). Download my report of the conference: TX Trees Fdn Urban Heat Conf Report. We also heard from Dr. Robert Haley about the public health impacts of climate change; from David Hitchcock about the Dallas urban heat island study; and from Matt Grubisich about green infrastructure.
Reviewed: The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr. (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Cities are heating up at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health. Managing urban heat is just as important a response to climate change as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the benefits will be felt much sooner. Cities should prioritize strategies that reduce both heat and greenhouse gas emissions, and trees are at the top of that priority list.
Those are some of the key messages in The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr. Stone is an Associate Professor in the City and Regional Planning Program of the Georgia Institute of Technology and an expert in the urban heat island effect: land-use changes that are producing higher temperatures in cities than in the surrounding countryside.
Read my book review: How I Got Religion on Trees
On April 19, 2013, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture sponsored a conference on the theme, “What makes a resilient city?” Keynote speakers were complexity scholar Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization, and sociologist Dr. Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. I wrote the Executive Summary and Full Report of the conference.
Read the Executive Summary: Resilient City Exec Summary
Read the Full Report: Resilient City Full Report
Read the comments from the lunch exercise: Resilient City lunch comments complete list